The world's largest tent Khan Tent


Entertainment center Khan Tent in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, is an architectural project that is billed as the world's largest tent. "Tent" made of a transparent material and relies on a network of cables strung from a Central spire 150 meters high. A 200-meter elliptical base of the dome covers an area of 140,000 square meters. The space under the tent is more than 10 football stadiums, and contains an internal Park, a variety of shops and entertainment venues, the river for boating, shopping center, mini-Golf and artificial seaside resort. The transparent material allows sunlight, which together with the air heating and cooling systems, maintains a comfortable internal temperature between 15-30 °C while the outside temperature varies between -35 and 35 °C throughout the year.

To prevent condensation in the winter, three transparent layer of a special transparent fabric EFTE is used to guide the warm air. In the summer there is served chilled air, which is ventilated through the holes. Due to the transparency in the daytime the interior space is illuminated solely by sunlight. In the darkness of the tent visible from a distance because due to the internal illumination light gently seeps through the dome.

Inaugurated in 2010 by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Khan Shatyr has been described as “the ultimate vanity project” more and more despotic President of Kazakhstan (The Guardian).

Nazarbayev moved the capital of Kazakhstan in isolated Northern city from Almaty in 1998 and named it Astana, which means literally "capital". In the tenth anniversary of moving the capital, the President signed a decree declaring 6 July-Day of Astana. The name "Khan Shatyr" roughly translates as 'the tent of the Khan, or king".



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